Internet Restriction Bill Passes First Reading
The State Duma approved in a first reading on Friday legislation that would force Internet companies to remove or block materials deemed harmful by the government.
Supporters say it will shield children from narcotics and suicide propaganda and child pornography. Under the
The bill has sponsors from all four parties in the Duma, including United Russia, which holds the majority of seats.
Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev's Cabinet has signaled unease with the proposed law. Communications and Press Minister Nikolai Nikiforov sent out a Twitter
Also, the Cabinet's position paper — which is already prepared and signed by Medvedev's chief of staff, Deputy Prime Minister Vladislav Surkov — suggests jettisoning parts of the bill on how to filter and blacklist harmful sites, Vedomosti reported on Friday.
Both the second and third Duma readings are expected on July 11.
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